Travel Blogs from Van
... of this and that and indeed it is very impressive. He also indicates that he built the palace and the canals in honor of hi father Argisti and the Urartu god of war, Haldi. This inscription is chiseled into the blocks of the temple. Outside the temple, and in fact the whole castle, is notable for the extremely fine construction that was carried out in that the huge two ton blocks were laid to fit perfectly one to ...
... made out through the dust and haze.
As we drop down into Dogubayazit we get our first sight of Mount Ararat in the distance. The summit is shrouded in cloud though we can just see the snow line.
The border with Iran is 20 or 30 kilometres away. You know you are getting near when the roadside signs are in Arabic as well as Turkish. It's a dead end run for us as we have no visas and ...
... to Kars, in the northeast. I found a family who rented me a room in Doguybeazit (by Mt Ararat), and yes Erin, they had chickens (pic included)! As Mt Ararat is a closed military area do to its proximity to the Iran and Armenian borders, I didn't feel like dealing with the 2 day to 2 week bureaucratic hassle of getting a permit, nor the fee required, to climb the mountain. In Kars I visited the medieval Armenian city of Ani and did a day hike ...
When I did wake for the second time, I found that my hotel was now a ghost town. It was not an attractive place but when you turned to the valley it was awe inspiring. It only compounded the misery of the night before’s debacle because it struck home the grandiose scenery that I had driven blindly through. The hotel, though no destination of choice, was staffed with wonderfully friendly people, who lounged around all day between periods of intense ...
... a vestige of the renowned metalworking skills of Urartians.
The following morning we took a boat to Akdamar, a tiny island in Lake Van, to view its Armenian cathedral. The church was built between 915 and 921 AD. The unrestored yet amazingly preserved reliefs outside of the tenth-century structure depict a variety of Old Testament stories (among them David and Goliath, the story of Jonah and the Whale, Adam and ...
Other places to stay in Van
Kazim Karabekir Cad 9, Van | 3 star hotelfrom $70
Bahcivan Mah. Kazim Karabekir Cad. Yuzbasioglu Sok. No:1 Van Merkez, Van | Hotelfrom $77
Cumhuriyet Cad. Turizm Sok. No:5 Van Merkez, Van | Hotelfrom $142
Cumhuriyet Cad. No:32 Van Merkez, Van | Hotelfrom $79
Tochinoki Onsen, Van | Hotelfrom $67